Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)
I love going on roller coasters. It’s the one thing that bums me out about living in Oregon. There are no amusement parks. Now, before you tell me about Oaks Park in Portland, or Silverwood in Idaho, I’m talking about the amusement parks who are known to have the fastest, tallest, craziest coasters. Growing up, and in my early 20s, I had access to a place called Six Flags Magic Mountain. It has some of the best coasters in the USA. If you ever find yourself down in the Los Angeles area, it’s worth the trip.
I remember when they debuted a brand-new roller coaster called the X2. It was crazy. The seats on the train were below the track, so you couldn’t see it. You just dangled there. Plus, the seats could rotate 360 degrees to the left or right, but also up and down. The seats would spin based on the movement of the coaster. The wait time was over two hours, but everything I’d heard told me it would be worth it. When we finally boarded the train, it was amazing! There were crazy twists and turns and a drop that left me breathless! It was the coolest 40 seconds of my life. Yup, we waited over two hours in line for a 40 second ride. Others in that line were waiting for their second or third trip on the coaster. They were literally waiting all day to ride a few more times before the park closed that night. It was that exciting.
To my fellow Christians, I have a tough question to ask. Why is it so easy for us to spend our cash and time waiting for something which only lasts but a few seconds, minutes, or hours, yet, we don’t get as excited about the soon return of Jesus Christ? I mean, I loved X2, but the Kingdom of God? Jesus in person? Sin destroyed? Immortality? All of these things crush the joy of the temporary rush found here on earth. If we’re willing to anxiously wait for a coaster ride, or a movie, or a concert, or anything, we need to also excitedly be waiting for Jesus to return.
As Paul put it, “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” In other words, understand what it is that you are waiting for. Understand the rush that awaits. Understand the excitement of that moment. And, as we did in line with the other coaster riders, share in that excitement. It will be the greatest ride in the history of the universe.
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